Maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a Bible study – it’s been on your heart and you may even feel like God is calling you to do it … but just exactly HOW do you get started?
Here are 6 BBT-tested strategies to get you past that daunting feeling and on to leading your own small group.
- Start with prayer. Ask God to show you the way. Who should you invite? Where will you meet? Let the Holy Spirit take the lead!
- Find a leadership development organization that is committed to supporting you as the group leader. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to figure it all out on your own. Extensive small group research confirms that group leader coaching is the number one driver of small-group health and growth.
- Invite others on the journey with you. God will put people on your heart and in your path who will be interested. You may already have some friends or co-workers in mind. Talk to them about it. A personal invitation is the best invitation. And keep in mind, not everyone you invite will come (and that’s ok!).
- Decide on the details. Choose your curriculum and establish the day, time, and location of your meeting. Will your group meet weekly, every other week, or just once a month?
- Kick-it-off … commit to starting and stick to it! Don’t delay your first meeting in order to accommodate more people. (Once you get started, others can always join you along the way.) In your first meeting, cover all of the basics and set the “ground rules” for your group – including confidentiality.
- Communicate to keep it going. Send out an e-mail recap of what you talked about, the highlights of the study, and prayer requests. This simple act will tie your community together, keeping those who couldn’t be there up-to-date, and keeping everyone on the same page.
It is easy for anyone to write an article like this and “talk-the-talk” of small group Bible Studies.What’s different about BBT is that our leadership coaches are committed to “walk-the-walk” with you every step of the way, from starting a group, to growing and sustaining your group, and even helping you to develop other Christ-centered leaders through your group. Take a moment and pray about the legacy of Christian leaders that He can develop through your Bible study. When He calls you to lead, your BBT leadership coach is ready.
A small group is a great place for learning, provides a safe community to help you grow in your relationship with the Lord, and enables you to pour into the lives of others. Don’t let initial feelings of apprehension or doubt keep you from experiencing this special gift from God … “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” Matthew 18:20 (NIV).